Versatile Lim’s Kosciuszko wins fourth Stakes race

Son of Kermadec jumps to 1,600m with ease in Listed Raffles Cup at Kranji to crack $1 million prize money barrier

Lim’s Kosciuszko again showed his class and versatility when he scored an easy win in the Listed Raffles Cup over 1,600m on Saturday, 25 March at Kranji Racecourse in Singapore.

Last year’s Singapore Derby (1,800m) winner, who had won the Listed T.C. Merlion Trophy over 1,200m at his last start, raced in third spot till the home turn before jockey Chin Chuen Wong switched him across heels to challenge at the 400m mark.

The five-year-old son of Kermadec raced to the lead and won easily, beating Katak by 2.5 lengths with Sacred Croix a neck away in third place in a fast time of 1 minute 33.68 seconds.

The Dan Meagher-trained gelding took his impressive record to 13 wins and two placings from just 16 starts for prize money earnings of S$1,019,745.

Out of the New Zealand mare Jacquetta, who won the Listed CJC Welcome Stakes over 1,000m in 2014, Lim’s Kosciuszko was offered by Trelawney Stud at the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Yearling Sale but passed in.

Kermadec was a dual G1 winner and is also the sire of four-time G1 winner Montefilia, 2021 VRC Oaks (G1) queen Willowy, G1 weight-for-age winner Tuvalu and Waikato Eclipse Stakes champ Trobriand.

His stock have won 169 races, including 15 at Stakes level, and six of his yearlings have sold this year at major sales in Australia and New Zealand for an average of just over $78,000.